Now this is one amazing guy. Forget that he's great song writer, a killer slide player, a righteous musician, and single-handedly re-inventing ye olde one-man bande concept, forget all that. He's also his own producer, engineer, and liner artist. In fact, he does EVERYTHING on this disc but master it…and it probably killed him to turn that over to someone else. Well, I have just one word for this kind of gent: bastard. That's right: bastard! No one should be this talented. It isn't fair. This is why the rest of us have to settle for less. Somehow, Claude Hay line-jumped at the Incarnation Junction Station just before birth and horked a mess more creativity than anyone should be allowed. I'm willing to bet that were we to glom his natal photo, he'd be laying there in the crib grinning like the cat that got the cream—not just a lick or two but the whole quart.
I'll tell you now that you won't really appreciate the uniqueness of Hay or what Deep Fried Satisfied truly is until you go to YouTube and catch the live version of the lead cut, Get Me Some. In it, he replicates the CD version by a complex combination of looping station and direct playing of percussion and strings. Oh, but that's not all. Then catch him re-grooving Queen's We Will Rock You into a Richie Kotzen-styled Southern fatback speed-stomp while using a strange mutant sitar-looking thingamajigaree. I gah-roan-tee you've never seen anything like it, Jeeter. I caught Neal Morse using what was then the new loop station device at the first CalProg fest in SoCal, but Hay goes waaaaay beyond that.
Get Me Some immediately reminds of Blodwyn Pig's Dear Jill, a gem from the 70s replete with cowcatcher slide and smoky as hell. Get Me Some is way more uptempo and gospel-infectious in a pizza frenzy fashion, but the similarities are there in texture. Every cut here, in fact, is an expression of gutbucket, shout 'n hollah, covered-with-that-glorious-swamp-stank blues…er, by way of Australia. Yeah, the guy's an Ozzie but you'd swear he was born in a goat barn in Alabama. Switch over to the instrumental Two Zero Seven and catch the Carnatic influence as well, a song not unlike Kaleidoscope's old gem, Seven Ate Suite, so…Sri Rama Hay?
Oh, and my intro paragraph, extolling Hay's manifold virtues? Dig this: he also built his own home, his own instruments, and customized his van with a kitchen and recording studio. Didn't I tell ya? The guy cut queue just before being born! Hell, he probably even wrote his own DNA code, the bastard, but, hey, even so, catch Deep Fried Satisfied just to fall in love with slide guitar all over again. You'll osmose the rest about a minute into the disc.
And if you DO hit the YouTube stuff, be sure to glom the Looping Demo along with everything else. I swear to God you'll be boogying in the back yard.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2010, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
Website design by David N. Pyles